We have several longstanding and fruitful collaborations with research groups both across the globe and within Australia. As such, graduate students in the Messerle group frequently get the opportunity to travel in order to work directly with our collaborators and further develop their promising scientific discoveries.

Computational Inorganic Chemistry

With Prof. Stuart Macgregor, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK and Prof. Odile Esienstein, University Montpellier 2, France

A transition metal catalysed reaction pathway

Understanding the mechanism of any transition metal catalysed reaction pathway is a critical part of the design process when developing of new more efficient catalysts. To do this we use computational chemistry to determine likely reaction pathways and we work closely with the Macgregor and Eisenstein groups to further understand these processes

Prof. Macgregor has over 20 years of experience in this field and has authored over 50 papers and several book chapters on the subject of the mechanism of TM-catalysed reactions.

A link to the Macgregor Lab can be found here.

Prof Esienstein is Head of the group of theoretical chemistry of the Institut Gerhardt in the University Montpellier 2, France and has over 245 publications on the subject of theoretical modelling of transition metal catalysis.

A link to the Eisenstein group website can be found here.

Robust Linking of Organometallic Complexes onto Inert Carbon Supports

With Prof. J. Gooding, UNSW, Australia

Glassy carbon electrode

We have recently begun to develop heterogeneous catalysts based on Rh and Ir complexes covalently bound to various forms of inert carbon. We are exploring these new frameworks in collaboration with the Gooding Group who have extensive experience in the modification and characterisation of surfaces for the development of biointerfaces, biosensors and molecular electronics. Together with the Gooding group we use X-ray photo electron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis as well as electrochemistry to investigate the composition of our functionalised carbonaceous materials and gain insight into their performance as heterogeneous catalysts.

Professor Justin Gooding is a Director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine and is based at the School of Chemistry at The University of New South Wales. He is a world renowned surface chemist and electrochemist with extensive experience in the modification of surfaces with self-assembled monolayers for the development of biointerfaces, biosensors and molecular electronics.

A link to the Gooding group website can be found here.

Solid State NMR Using Para Hydrogen

With Prof. S. B. Duckett, The University of York, UK

Illustration of the molecular structure of orthohydrogen and parahydrogen

We have a current collaboration with the Duckett Lab that focuses on the development of new techniques for understanding the molecular structure of catalysts in soluction and on surfaces using parahydrogen. Prof. S. B. Duckett is internationally known for his contributions to the application of parahydrogen NMR to understanding the structures and mechanisms of organometallic catalysts. Prof Duckett is the Director of the York Centre for Magnetic Resonance, one of the largest NMR Facilities in the UK.

A link to the Ducket Lab can be found here.

Boron and Silicon Based Pincer Ligands for Environmentally Responsible Catalysis

With Prof. Tony Hill, ANU, Canberra, Australia

Diagram of catalysts containing ligands based on the unconventional elements boron and silicon

The production of everyday chemicals (pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, polymers) comes at an economic and environmental price. Using transition metal catalysts can significantly reduce the environmental impact of both the associated energy requirements and waste products. In collaboration with the Hill group we seek to develop new classes of catalysts containing ligands based on the unconventional elements boron and silicon.

Prof. Anthony F. Hill specializes in synthetic organometallic and coordination chemistry. Prof. Hill’s research investigates the nature of metal carbon bonding and endeavours to develop an understanding of the interaction of carbon with transition and main group metals.

A link to the Hill group can be found here.

Transition Metal Catalysis

With Prof. Les Field, UNSW, Sydney, Australia

Diagram of transition metal catalysis

We have a longstanding collaboration with the Field group utilising catalytically active organometallic species for the synthesis of high value heterocyclic compounds. Prof. Field’s main areas of research are organometallic chemistry, nitrogen fixation, catalysis and NMR spectroscopy. He is the author of more than 170 scientific papers, 4 textbooks and a number of book chapters.

A link to the Field group can be found here.

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